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Conservative women neither want nor need a gender card, yet  some seem hell-bent on forcing one upon us. It is one thing to correctly point out blatant sexism and the outright misogyny of the Left, particularly that of the so-called feminist Left. But it’s quite another to make up sexism out of whole cloth. Which is exactly what has happened recently, in regards to Christine O’Donnell.

The first to enter the “let’s invent an -ism where none actually exists” fray was The New Agenda. At least they are honest enough to admit that their entire goal is a new form of gender identity politics. Anna Belle Pfau wrote:

Delaware has never elected a female senator. The state is among seven of the original thirteen states that have never been represented in the Senate by a woman. Delaware may get its first real shot at correcting this oversight should polls bear out in the primary between Christine O’Donnell and Mike Castle today.

This oversight? Yes, because that is the entire basis of what we should look for in a candidate: a “historic” first. That’s worked out so well in the presidency, hasn’t it? She then went on finding things “fishy” and magically discerning that phrases like “Perspective, Boys, Perspective”and “My mistake, fellas.” were “typical insider boys’ club-style of talking over a woman’s head.” I hate to inform Miss Pfau, but those aren’t very big words and aren’t over my head, girly as it is.

Next, upon O’Donnell’s primary win, Karl Rove, whose job is to politically opine, pointed out some things regarding O’Donnell’s candidacy that might cause a bit of a strategic problem garnering a win. Everything he said, while I may not agree, was arguably valid. The gender card was immediately played and he was accused of sexism. Sadly, it was played not by the usual suspects: the professional grievance mongering, victimhood reveling Feminist Left. It was played by the Right, with Jeri Thompson being the first to go all-in. That surprised me because I’m generally in agreement with Jeri Thompson, who is clever as all get-out, 99% of the time.

The difference here is that once the primary was over, the political elites in Washington stood by their men. Why won’t they do it for the woman?

Gee, I do seem to remember them standing by Carly Fiorina over Chuck Devore, a man. And Meg Whitman over Poizner, also a man. It also should not have to be explained that merely disagreeing with someone and thinking she’s a lousy candidate is not sexist. Why even consider gender? Why is that the first thing to latch onto? Considering her gender as a factor actually IS sexist.

It got worse from there, which I found infuriating. The more I read, the more I scowled which is totally not cute. This time it’s personal and for that, they must pay. Moreover, the last thing we should want or need is a new form of gender identity politics. But, it kept coming. Day after day.

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» 19 Comments

  1. Frosteetoes

    September 23rd, 2010

    Lori seems to be a person comfortable in her own skin. A lot of women exploit their own gender much like some people of color exploit the race card to their advantage.

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  2. Sidekick

    September 23rd, 2010

    Identity politics? Isn’t that how we got here? I like meritocracies better.

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  3. 1MadJack

    September 23rd, 2010

    Lori, well done as usual! :cool:

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  4. Jenny

    September 23rd, 2010

    Great job, Lori. I am so sick of gender politics. Why is it that in such an “enlightened” time in human history, when nothing is supposed to be about race or gender, suddenly EVERYTHING is about race and gender? I’m about to stop listening. I refuse to vote for anyone because of their race or gender. The day I feel pressured to do that, I’ll stop voting altogether. Every election is historic … shoot … every DAY is historic; it has nothing to do with whether a candidate has a certain skin color or is missing the Y chromosome.

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  5. 1MadJack

    September 23rd, 2010

    @Jenny, well said! :cool:

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  6. RKae

    September 23rd, 2010

    I love (sarcastically “love”) people who are offended by some old cliche like “fellas.”

    I was once told not to use the phrase “get a bead on something,” because it has to do with shooting a gun, and is therefore violent. (Same with “Take a shot at” something.) “Um, we’re not at war here you know!” was the snotty retort.

    OK. Got it. So, because I happen to know the origin of just about every cliche (weird hobby of mine), I became the most annoying person alive. When someone said, “Pull out all the stops,” I shot out, “Um, we’re not playing a pipe organ here.” “Huh?” “Well, ‘pulling out all the stops’ refers to the playing of a pipe organ. The stops are what control the volume of each individual pipe.” Yep. Annoying ol’ me, interrupting everywhere I could.

    People who gripe about soemthign as innocent as cliches are just LOOKING for something to complain about. They are captious. Great word, “captious.” (Vocabulary: another hobby of mine.)

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  7. Snowball the Sourpuss

    September 23rd, 2010

    Being raised ’70′s old-school (K-9th), I learn so much from reading your articles, Ms. Zigatoni. Things I didn’t realize I was doing. Thank you for that.

    I still think someone should’ve kicked Rove in the nuts crotch, and told him to STFU after the O’Donnell win.

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  8. Lori Ziganto

    September 23rd, 2010

    Snowball, oh, I didn’t *agree* with Rove and thought it wasn’t a wise move. It just wasn’t sexist. At all. In any possible way.

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  9. Melody

    September 23rd, 2010

     
  10. Snowball the Sourpuss

    September 23rd, 2010

    @Ms. Z – Agreed. Your insightful article made that pefectly clear. Thank you. The kick he earned was for his underhanded tactics he displayed. I am so disapointed in him for not backing O’Donnell after her victory. I don’t know if I can trust him anymore.

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  11. jclady

    September 23rd, 2010

    Excellent job, Lori!

    I almost wish we had a system whereby you voted for Candidate A, B or C based upon a written dossier of each candidate stating qualifications, stance on the issues and their solutions to the problems.

    Only after the election would you know if you elected a man, woman, black, white, hispanic, etc.

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  12. Webonot

    September 23rd, 2010

    Here we go again. Just like the race thing. The first woman, the first black, the first gay. Bla, bla, bla. I don’t think that way. I just think I like that person or I don’t (although I guess I am more likely to think happy thoughts about Sarah Palin VS Chris Christie). I don’t vote for someone based on gender, color or hotness.

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  13. Stirrin the Pitcher

    September 23rd, 2010

    Politicians and other parasites survive and build their wealth on victimology, whether it’s race, gender or class. That’s all you need to know.

    Lori, the Tea Party and the new women candidates – and even some of the new black candidates – are threatening their financial livlihood. They will get down and dirty to hold on to it. Don’t let them!

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  14. Recovered Demoholic

    September 23rd, 2010

    Once in a while this does happen, and pointing it out is not a bad idea. But, in the Chirstine O’Donnell case, I think they were just pissed and reaching for any ammunition to use against the attacking Republican and Republicrat assholes. That includes the likes of smug, ostensible allies like Rove and Krauthammer, who piled on with the easy shots without including any ‘on-the-other-hand’ stuff. These ass-hats who think The Tea Party is really on their side (which is merely temporarily fortuitous) could have devoted some words to the perfidy of Coons. Now I see they are walking it back somewhat to protect their positions and influence. Frag ‘em.

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  15. Recovered Demoholic

    September 23rd, 2010

    @ Lori: “Rove … thought it wasn’t a wise move. It just wasn’t sexist…”

    Respectfully, you (and I) never know “what evil lurks in the heart….”

    The man is slippery enough to find a line of reasoning that appears otherwise to his true self. In this case I think it included obvious self- and party-base-preservation along with a touch of whatever-ism.

    Ms. O’Donnell is the softest target he could find by a stretch of some sort of logical argument. And, even if he wasn’t thinking it personally, he knew he could con an audience ready with an amen chorus about this ‘ditzy broad’ and the hidden dangers of The Tea Party movement (not my feelings).

    How much airtime did he devote to the issues relevant to Coons or Castle v. O’Donnell? Next to zilch!

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  16. Recovered Demoholic

    September 23rd, 2010

    I just noticed something interesting. Every comment has received a ‘One Thumb Down.’ I wonder if they’re all from a single IP.

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  17. Nunya

    September 23rd, 2010

    A gender card? Rly? Why do I need a gender card? If I ever forget my gender all I gotta do is pull down my panties and there’s my gender, and the only ones who will ever see it anyway are my future husband or my current gyno. /TMI

    Ohnevermind I get it now: they only issue gender cards to man-hating, self-hating, America-hating feminazis. If I don’t hate any of those three, they can revoke my gender card and I become “not a woman.” Screw that, and their “gender card.”

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  18. Genipero

    September 23rd, 2010

    Yesterday Pelosi pulled her “Grandma” card. Am voting Republican to get her out of the Speaker’s seat and hoping that she’ll get the message that maybe it’s time for “Granny” to go home and teach her Grandchildren to bake cookies and do other things that Grannies do.

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  19. Bill Ayers Mother

    September 24th, 2010

    Stop Making Sense!!!

    My boy Billy has worked long hard in the reeducation establishment to instill the post-modern dialectic. And here Lori Zigato destroys some of his and Bernadine’s most precious work.

    Stop it, stop it, I say, poor Billy’s crying in the corner!

    (It’s o.k. Billy, there, there….)

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